Originally Posted by DaveMcG
Also whenever I tell any foreign mates that I live with the parents while I'm in college, they think it's very strange.
Yeah, a guy I know from England said the same thing - that there doesn't seem to be as much of a moving away to college tradition in this country. But in the UK, universities are kind of league-tabled so, say you live in Liverpool and you want to study psychology and it's available at Liverpool University but Nottingham University is more recognised for its psychology degree than Liverpool University, then you move to Nottingham. Maybe the university you go to has a bearing on your career prospects, but I'd say that depends on what field you want to get into. I'm sure it wouldn't really matter where you studied, for instance, history. Then there's the whole Uxbridge thing but that seems to be another realm entirely.
I personally think it would be ludicrous to move away when you don't have to - I know it would be more fun but think of all the expense you'd be spared. I wanted to study arts, I'm from Cork, so I went to UCC. Simple. Then the postgrad I wanted to do wasn't available in Cork so I moved to Dublin - in that case I needed to. Saved a lot of hassle, expense and I still got to experience the whole going away to college thing.